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Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Can Religious Institutions Become Sweeping Forces for Social Progress?

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 10.26.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Religious institutions have, at times, been at the forefront of progress by engaging in forceful spiritual leadership. The engagement in Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers grape boycott in the 1960s, for example. But where are we more than half a century later?

Sustaining the Momentum III

Martin Marty | Posted 05.16.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

As memorable as the hours spent supporting Civil Rights on the Bridge, was John's and my walk down Selma's main street. Boarded shops, deserted buildings, devastation of the landscape and cityscape formed the scene -- as it does in so many other cities.

Historic Black LGBTQ Intergenerational Discussion on Selma

Irene Monroe | Posted 04.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

For the first time ever, an intergenerational and interracial gathering of LGBTQ voices of color and our allies came together, creating the paradigm of how future discussions should take place.

10 Things You Should Know About Selma Before You See the Film

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

There is a "people's history" of Selma that we all can learn from -- one that is needed especially now.

What Collateral Damage Could the Cosby Quagmire Inflict on the African-American Community?

Chandra Thomas Whitfield | Posted 01.31.2015 | Black Voices
Chandra Thomas Whitfield

While many of us have celebrated and enjoyed Cosby's talents, he is one man who in no way represents an entire race of people. We all must do our part to ensure that no matter how this situation ultimately unfolds, that it does not end up casting an unwarranted negative shadow on an entire community.

Good Morning, Vietnam

Alison Teal | Posted 06.02.2014 | Travel
Alison Teal

The following morning the Vietnamese police showed up at his hotel room offering him a deal: He could be on the afternoon Pan Am flight to Guam or he could be in a Vietnamese jail. It was a pleasant flight.

Ella Baker: My Civil Rights Generation's 'Fundi'

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

During this last week of Women’s History Month, I wanted you to learn about Ella Baker, a transforming but too-little-known woman and overpowering justice warrior for my generation of civil rights activists.

Honoring Septima Clark

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Throughout much of her long life Mrs. Clark was often at odds with South Carolina leaders and made other enemies as she traveled throughout the Deep South pioneering literacy and citizenship education for black Americans.

State Officials Approve License Plate Featuring Confederate Flag

AP | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia officials have once again approved a specialty license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag, infuriating civil rights ...

Jermaine Spradley

Here's What Became Of The Organizations That Organized The March On Washington | Jermaine Spradley | Posted 08.28.2013 | Black Voices

On Sunday, August 28, 1963, more than 250,000 people crowded the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to stake their claim for jobs and freedom in a tur...

Claiming and Teaching the 1963 March on Washington

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

Teaching about the March on Washington presents a series of challenges precisely because it involves counteracting sanitized textbooks and demythologizing not only the march, but also the Black Freedom Struggle. As such, there are a few points that cannot be overlooked if we want to honor the march's true story.

My Week at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Headquarters

Robert Hoggard | Posted 07.30.2013 | Black Voices
Robert Hoggard

We are inching close to the 50th Anniversary of March On Washington and we live in a country that seems like no progress has been made.

How Children Transformed America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

On this 50th anniversary of the Birmingham Children's Crusade it is a time to remember, honor, and follow the example of the children who were frontline soldiers and transforming catalysts in America's greatest moral movement of the 20th century.

Former Head Of MLK Group Returns As C.E.O.

AP | ERRIN HAINES | Posted 06.29.2012 | Black Voices

ATLANTA -- The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is bringing back one of its past presidents to serve as the civil rights organization's chief ...

Congressman John Conyers - The People's Advocate Shares Some of His Vision

Pearl Korn | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

There are still some exemplary public servants out there who spend their political careers on the right side of issues. I felt that it would be worthwhile to contact to Rep. John Conyers, Jr. find out what he thinks about the current state of our politics.

Occupy: Resurrecting Rev. King's Final Dream

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.17.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

What Rev. King preached and what many Occupiers seem to believe is that paramount in a republic is job creation, not wealth creation. The duty of government is not to ensure that the rich get richer but to establish equal opportunity.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Capacity for Growth

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 03.16.2012 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

In all the coverage of King's life, one quality of his has received comparatively little attention: his capacity to grow and to expand his vision.

White Or Black, The Church Has Failed African Americans

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 02.01.2012 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

It is sadly ironic that Christianity has become a weapon against an African-American president and any nonconforming or freethinking African-American citizen.

Why Dr. King Would Have Championed Universal Broadband Adoption

David Honig | Posted 10.26.2011 | Technology
David Honig

As the nation prepares to dedicate Dr. Martin Luther King's National Memorial, let's give ourselves this thought experiment: "What would Dr. King be doing today if he were armed with the social media and telecommunications technology we take for granted?"

Civil Rights Veterans Say MLK Monument Long Overdue

Posted 10.18.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) At age 93, the Rev. Gardner Taylor never thought he'd live to see the day when his frien...

King's Nephew Named To Head Civil Rights Group

Posted 10.16.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) Two and a half weeks after the sudden death of its president, the Southern Christian Leadership Con...

Civil Rights Leaders Attend SCLC Head's Funeral

AP | Posted 10.06.2011 | Black Voices

ATLANTA — Hundreds turned out Saturday for the Atlanta funeral of the late Southern Christian Leadership Conference president, the Rev. Howard C...

Head Of Southern Christian Leadership Conference Dies

Posted 09.29.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) The Rev. Howard Creecy Jr., a Baptist preacher chosen early this year as the new president of the S...

At 89, Civil Rights Icon Reflects On Faith And Activism

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) The Rev. Joseph Lowery, the civil rights activist who worked alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr....

King's Daughter Leads Crowd In Prayer For Civil Rights Unity

AP | ERRIN HAINES | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ATLANTA — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter is calling for the fractured membership of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to ...